This unique professional training programme has been designed and developed in collaboration with the multinational Contract Research Organisation, Covance.
‘This course seemed too good to be true when I first started looking for a Masters degree, however now I am on the course I am really happy that everything is as I hoped it would be.’
‘I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a Masters, I knew I was interested in the pharmaceutical industry but wasn’t aware of a Masters programme that existed to give me the overall knowledge of the drug development process, this is a truly unique course.’
‘The industry teaching is excellent, I can’t believe how much time we get with industry experts, they are really helpful and happy to answer any questions, it gives us a different perspective on the biopharmaceutical industry and the various elements of the development pathway which is really important.’
‘We primarily do project work and deliver presentations which is more commonplace within the industry is a huge plus for me.'
A biopharmaceutical is a biological drug/medicine produced within living systems such as bacteria cells, yeast cells or plant or animal cells.
Biopharmaceutical drugs are an emerging class of medicine in the pharmaceutical industry that have grown in popularity owing to their clinical effectiveness, low level of side effects and economic performance. Biologics now account for over a third of all new drugs in clinical trials or awaiting FDA approval.
In 2016, biopharmaceutical drugs generated sales of $196bn with above average growth of +7.6%. These drugs now represent 24% of the global drug market.
For more information about the current skills gap within the industry which this course has been created to address, please read the Association of the British Biopharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) report: Bridging the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry.
The total duration of this course is 20 months long, covering the campus-based taught elements in six to seven months, followed by a 12-month guaranteed paid work placement involving a research project where you’ll experience at first hand the working environment of this industry.This taught modules on this course will provide you with an understanding of the full biological drug development focusing on each of the major steps of the process (as demonstrated in the Biopharmaceutical Pathway image):
Work placement: an integral part of your training
An integral part of this course is your first paid job in industry. This is a 12-month guaranteed work and research experience in industry or placement hosted within the university research laboratories developed and co-supervised with industry. Students can expect to earn up to £20,000 over the duration of their placement.
The placements will all include a practical research project where you will gain in-depth practical experience of at least one technical function of the drug development process (discovery, manufacturing, pre-clinical testing, clinical safety and efficacy).
The map displays some of the placement opportunities that have previously been available for students on this course.
You will commence your project in May, six-months after the start of the programme and will be completed by the following April. Graduation is scheduled immediately thereafter, making you available for employment immediately after your placement.
Find out more about the modules you will study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Over the first six to seven months starting in September you will study 100 credits worth of taught modules.COMPULSORY MODULES
Seven months after the start of the course (April/May), you will start a 12-month industrial placement where you will undertake a research project worth 80 credits.COMPULSORY MODULES
The learning and teaching on the course has been constructed to align with activities performed in industry, preparing you to be work-ready immediately after you finish.
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
This course will challenge you to think creatively, solve problems and develop strong communication and teamwork skills. You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods, including formal lectures, interactive workshops, practical classes and industry site visits.
You’ll extensively use of real-life, industry specific case studies to illustrate theoretical and practical concepts and multiple opportunities to work in teams, including the opportunity to lead a team. A wide range of ‘authentic’ assessments will be used that students will experience in the workplace including submissions to regulatory authorities, client reports and presentations to industry panel members.
Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a Biological Sciences subject, Bioprocessing or Biochemical Engineering, but relevant experience may be taken into account. In addition, applicants will need to demonstrate leadership potential, which might be evidenced from academic, sporting, volunteering or other professional experience.
Documents and information you’ll need:
Frequently asked questions about the course.
Application deadline: 31st March 2018.
Find out more about how to apply
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Applicants who require a Tier 4 (general) student visa are not permitted to study our MSc in Biopharmaceutical Development. This programme includes a mandatory work placement that consists of more than 50% of the total length of the course. The UKVI Home Office will not issue a visa if the duration exceeds 50%. Further information can be found here.
We will consider any international applicants that do not require a Tier 4 visa. Please contact our taught postgraduate admissions team directly email@example.com
MSc Biopharmaceutical Development Admissions Policy 2018
UK/EU: £20,000 (total)
International: £30,000 (total)
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Students who are self-funding will pay the tuition fee in 4 instalments across the duration of the course (September and February). If you are receiving a postgraduate student loan (up to £10,280) from Student Finance England you can set up an alternative instalment plan in line with your loan payments. In this case you will pay the tuition fee in 6 instalments across the duration of the course (November, February and May).
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A alternative payment option is also possible which will allow you to defer part of your fees until you start your paid placement. Please contact our admissions team to discuss these; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuition fee = £20,000.
Placement salary = £20,000 (approx.) You will start receiving a placement salary of £1,333.00* per month after tax. * Please note National Insurance will also be deducted
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
We award a generous range of scholarships and consider all eligible applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and excellent personal and professional skills.
Visit our FBS fees and scholarships page to find out more about the range of scholarships we have to offer.
This course will help give you the experience and skills to become highly employable. Many pharmaceutical companies are expanding their biopharmaceutical capability, which is creating demand and opportunities for talented, well-trained people. At the same time, these companies report difficulties in recruiting employees with relevant skill sets and those with broad industrial experience are greatly sought after.
This course will give you a high amount of exposure to senior industrialists working as tutors throughout the course and can take this opportunity to obtain career advice. You’ll also work in industry full time for 12 months, which is an outstanding opportunity for you to develop a competitive career plan.
With this degree, you’ll have the relevant knowledge and experience to fast-track your career as, for example, an analytical scientist, project manager, or coordinator, in areas such as research, quality control, manufacturing, project management, non-clinical, clinical, and market access.
As a student on this course you’ll have unique access to an industry-mentor and a personal tutor (academic member of staff) for the duration of your studies. You’ll also get support in planning your career through sessions that develop your CVs and applications.
Some possible careers within the biopharmaceutical industry include;
For more information about the career opportunities that are available within the biopharmaceutical sector, please visit the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry careers website.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.